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Solina String Ensemble

ARP Synthesizers Solina String Ensemble
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The Solina String Ensemble is often thought of as the String Machine of the late 1970's disco era. It's a multi-orchestral machine with Violin, Viola, Trumpet, Horn, Cello and Contra-Bass sounds. These sounds can be engaged via individual on/off switches, allowing for a variety of ensemble configurations. The Cello and Contra-Bass sounds are monophonic and available only on the lower 20 keys of the keyboard. The remaining four sounds are polyphonic and can be played across the entire length of the keyboard. On their own, the sounds are quite unrealistic and not particularly useable. But when combined as an ensemble, and especially with the Chorus effect engaged, the resulting string sound becomes especially lush and shimmery.

The Solina String Ensemble uses divide-down technology, common in organs of the era, to achieve full polyphony. The Chorus/Ensemble effect is achieved by passing the sound through three modulated delay lines that cause a phase-shifting effect to make it sound thicker and more animated. There are also on-board Crescendo (attack) and Sustain Length (decay) sliders, volume sliders and a global tuning knob. It also has Gate and Trigger outputs from the polyphonic keyboard and is completely cased in wood (or wood-like) panels with a clean and discrete layout.

The Solina String Ensemble, like a few other ARP products, is not actually an ARP invention. The Solina was created by the Dutch company Eminent in 1974. It was derived from the string section of Eminent's 310U Organ, and sold commercially as the Eminent Solina String Ensemble. ARP bought the rights to re-brand the Solina for the US market as the ARP String Ensemble. There were also four versions: SE-I was monoaural with a permanent chorus effect, SE-II added an on/off switch for the chorus effect, SE-III added stereo sound, and SE-IV added LEDs.

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Behringer Solina String Ensemble

Whatever happened to the other thread Anyway, this was posted today! Our engineer Adam at our Willich HQ gives us a treat with the Solina String Ensemble, a classic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xV0XBmEYcAI&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR2cMc-kljyio-SSk2xp2-zG3AnZngyVU9EJWh28luePOBZ9XwMbhCLwlSg

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Behringer Solina String Ensemble

some news.. Behringer We’re very excited to now share with you the first prototype of our Solina String Ensemble. As you can see we’re using rapid prototyping tools such as 3D printers to speed up the process. This is actually not a trivial product - just look at the vast amount of analog components. The Solina is now...

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New Sequential Prophet 5 and 10

Yeah it’s an Arp Solina string ensemble from the 70’s. Beautiful little thing. :)

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